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Will Crimea justify National Geographic’s hopes and expectations in 2013?

Experts in resort and tourism discuss this and many other questions at The Day’s roundtable in Simferopol
11 December, 2012 - 14:59
Photo by Ruslan KANIUKA, The Day

SIMFEROPOL – When will the Crimea move from the list of 20 places worth visiting to the top-20 tourist must-visits (The Day wrote that the Crimea became the leader of the National Geographic’s ranking of places that are worth visiting in 2013)? In what way should tourism and resort sectors of the peninsula develop in order to be popular not only among the CIS citizens and the neighbors from the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, but also among tourists from elsewhere in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America? What cultural, organization, medical, and administrative reforms need to be carried out by the Crimean government in order for this region with splendid cultural, historic, sanative, and recreational factors to match the most popular resort and tourist regions of Turkey, France, Germany, and other European countries, as well as those of the Mediterranean and Black Sea region? In particular, in terms of service quality and operation of transport, banking, and tourism infrastructures. Why is the Crimea not like Provence yet?

Analysts, experts, businessmen, MPs, and managers of recreation and tourism branch of the peninsula will discuss these questions at The Day’s roundtable. Among the participants are MPs Borys Deich and Refat Chubarov, chairperson of the standing committee of the Verkhovna Rada of the Crimean Autonomous Republic for tourism and entrepreneurship Rustam Temirgaliyev, minister of resorts and tourism of the Crimean Autonomous Republic Oleksandr Liiev, chairperson of the expert council at the Council of Ministers of the Crimean Autonomous Republic Oleksandr Formanchuk, deputy mayor of Yevpatoria for resort and tourism sphere Serhii Strilbytsky, head of the Association of Crimean Hospitality Olena Bazhenova, head of the folk crafts and green tourism NGO Slow Food Crimea Natalia Hordetska, as well as directors of resorts, businessmen, journalists, and generally, people who are acquainted with global and local tendencies in this sphere.

The experts will also discuss the possibility of building further development on the basis of the Resorts and Tourism Ministry’s non-governmental organizations’ practical expertise gained over 2012. They will try to assess how rewarding the new strategy of mineral resorts and tourism of the Crimea for 2013-15 is, and if it is able to not only create a demand for the Crimea’s resources elsewhere in the world, but also raise the industry’s to meet global standards. The agenda also includes issues on improvement of cruise tourism, the quality of ethnic and green tourism, the potential of eastern, western, and northern regions of the peninsula, which are not yet explored in terms of recreation, although they have sufficient cultural, historical, natural, and climatic resources.

By Mykola SEMENA, The Day